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 Religion in the Civil War: The Northern Side by James Howell Moorhead

Links to Online Resources

Civil War Sermons and Other Writings of Northern Protestant Ministers
Facsimile editions from the site Making of America, a vast digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American history [Home page:]. Titles include:

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day, March 30, 1863
From the nonprofit site Abraham Lincoln Online.

Sermon Delivered at Lincoln’s Funeral
Sermon delivered by Dr. Phineas D. Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. On the nonprofit site Abraham Lincoln Online.

The Emancipation Proclamation (document) Images of the five-page document, with text and resources, from the National Archives.

Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Record of a Quaker Conscience: Cyrus Pringle's Diary
From the private website “Vermont in the Civil War.”

Quaker History in the Civil War: Bibliography
Nonfiction, fiction, and audiovisual titles, from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

The United States Civil War Center of Louisiana State University: Religion Links
Among the sites included on this list are:

  • Religious Activities in Two Virginia Counties during the Civil War A compelling look into local religious activities and commentary during the Civil War from the periodicals of two counties, one northern and one southern. On this page, scroll to the link Church/Religious Activities. From the superlative Civil War site, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, which presents primary sources and research projects comparing one Northern county (Franklin County, Pennsylvania) and one Southern county (Augusta County, Virginia). From the University of Virginia, at
  • United Methodist Church: The Slavery Question and the Civil War
    A brief section in the online church history, on the official site of the United Methodist Church.
  • The History of the Catholic Church in the U.S.: The Civil War, Reconstruction (audio clips)
    Scroll down to programs #6, “The Civil War,” and #7, “Reconstruction,” segments of the 1998 radio series presented on EWTN by historian Fr. Charles Connor, Ph.D. From the site of EWTN: The Global Catholic Network at
  • Jews in the Civil War
    Over fifty primary sources from the Union and Confederate sides, plus two historical novels, a database of Jewish-American Civil War veterans, a bibliography, and weblinks from Jewish American History on the Web, an independent project L. M. Berkowitz at The titles include “The Bible View of Slavery” by Rabbi Dr. Morris J. Raphall (1861) and two anti-slavery replies to Rabbi Raphall’s treatise.
  • A Brief History of the United States Army Chaplain Corps: Chapter Three: The Civil War
    Click to Chapter Three on this page for an overview of Union chaplains in the Civil War, including the first African American, Jewish, and women army chaplains. From the site of the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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